"The Philippines – Islands of Endemics” speaker program is being held on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019, beginning 7:30 pm at the Royal Oak Middle School. The Philippines are a birders paradise. This country is made up of isolated islands in the Pacific Ocean near Asia, providing a perfect spot for isolated bird species to evolve. Boasting 7107 islands, the Philippines can also boast of having 657 species, of which 214 are endemic. Join Don Burlett, president of Oakland Audubon, as he leads our visit seven of these islands in a quest to see many of the islands birds. We’ll also enjoy the landscape, history and culture of these islands.
"Monarch Biology and Conservation" speaker program is being held on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019, beginning 7:30 pm at the Royal Oak Middle School. Monarchs used to dance in our gardens but today, it's hard to find them. They face perils in nature and the changing landscape from human progress has made their numbers and future survival uncertain. Monarch caterpillars depend on one type of food source which isn't favored by farmers and is eradicated for its toxic content and habit of spreading. Yet, it's the state butterfly for many. A recent movement has sprung up to take steps to conserve this magnificent migrating butterfly. Debbie Jackson, Monarch Watch Conservation Specialist, will spend time looking at biology, migration, natural enemies, man made threats to its survival and easy methods that anyone can do to help them survive. NOTE* This program was originally scheduled for February, 2019, but was cancelled because of the weather.